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Hendrix Highlights of 2018

CONWAY, Ark. (December 19, 2018) – From academic excellence to improved facilities and extracurricular opportunities, here are some of the Hendrix happenings that made news in 2018:


Rupert Named Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business

Dr. Lyle Rupert ’82 became the College’s fifth C. Louis and Charlotte Cabe Distinguished Professor in an Aug. 30 installation ceremony. His course topics include managerial accounting, information systems, corporate finance, statistics, and nonprofits.

Odyssey Medalists Honored

Hendrix College awarded its 2018 Odyssey Medals to Patricia (Tricia) Guinn ’75, Len Nichols ’75, and Mark Robertson ’79. The Odyssey Medal is presented to alumni whose life achievements exemplify the ideals of the Hendrix Odyssey Program. 

Title IX Investigator Hired, Process Evaluated and Improved

Dr. Allison L. Vetter was named Title IX Investigator and Education Coordinator in the fall. She investigates alleged sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination, with a focus on cases involving student respondents. She also coordinates educational programming and mandatory annual training for students to ensure that every student on campus understands how to be an active bystander as well as their rights and responsibilities as they relate to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.


Hendrix Advantage Plus Introduced Nationwide

A national expansion of the popular Hendrix Arkansas Advantage, Hendrix Advantage Plus meets the full-demonstrated financial need for every qualified student, extending the Advantage to any student with at least a 3.6 GPA and an ACT score of 26 or higher or an SAT score of 1230 or higher.

LULAC Becomes Hendrix Aspire Program Partner

Hendrix College and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Arkansas on Nov. 1 finalized an agreement to offer Hendrix Aspire Scholarships covering up to the full cost of attendance for a number of Federal Pell Grant-eligible students of Latinx heritage. Aspire Scholarships support the College’s commitment to making Hendrix accessible for qualified Arkansas students regardless of income level, and to encouraging diversity among the student body. 

Career Term Launched

Hendrix College sophomores now receive intensive career preparation through a new program called Career Term: Skills for Success after Hendrix. Career Term features a series of experience-based workshops and alumni networking opportunities designed to help students get a head start on their career goals and put professional skills into practice. The first Career Term was held in January of this year, and the 2019 Career Term is expected to double the number of participating students.

New Partnership with SMU’s Perkins School of Theology

Hendrix College students now have an opportunity for early admission to Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, thanks to an agreement signed in March of this year. The agreement honors the institutions’ common heritage in The United Methodist Church and their shared commitment to training students for ministry.

New Minors Added in Data Analytics and Social Justice

This semester, Hendrix College began offering a new minor degree in Data Analytics. The new minor was approved by the Hendrix College Board of Trustees at their February 2018 meeting, making Hendrix one of only four Associated Colleges of the South member institutions with a data analytics minor. Approved by the Hendrix College Board of Trustees at its May meeting and housed in the Sociology/Anthropology Department, the Social Justice minor works to develop students’ capacities to be change agents for a wide range of social justice-related vocations, such as teaching, policy, counseling, advocacy, and nonprofit work.

Beach Volleyball Added to Intercollegiate Athletics

Women’s beach volleyball, the College’s 22nd NCAA Division III sport, will debut at Hendrix in March 2020. Hendrix alumna and indoor volleyball standout M.C. Rogers ’16 leads the developing program as its first head coach.

Hendrix/Talk Business & Politics Poll Project Expands

The partnership that began in 2010 as a natural extension of a longtime mutual interest in Arkansas news and politics between two Hendrix alumni, Talk Business & Politics founder Roby Brock ’88 and Hendrix politics professor Dr. Jay Barth ’87, will increase the number of polls to at least six each year, up from three or four. 


Miller Creative Quad Construction Begins

The new Miller Creative Quad continues to take shape at the heart of campus, next to the Student Life and Technology Center. The Miller Creative Quad will contain the Windgate Museum of Art; new office, practice, and classroom facilities for the Department of Music; a new industry-standard film screening room; and living space on the upper floors that will house 100 students.

Heritage Residence Halls Upgrades On the Way

A multi-year project to upgrade five traditional residence halls is underway with infrastructure improvements, including connecting campus buildings to a district cooling loop to maximize energy efficiency and minimize disruption or downtime should a single building’s cooling system fail. Veasey and Martin Halls will close after Commencement 2019 so upgrades can take place during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Continued National Recognition

Hendrix remains strong in national rankings, appearing on as #65 in the nation among liberal arts colleges and topping the list for Arkansas. It has maintained its #76 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s national liberal arts colleges list; continues as one of only two Arkansas institutions featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges; appeared in Best Value rankings released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Forbes; and topped the Best Dining Halls list issued by 

Dawkins Center LEED Certified

The Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center, which opened in 2017, achieved LEED Certified status in 2018. Hendrix worked with Entegrity to ensure that the project met standards for green building practices. Hendrix alumni April Ambrose ’01 and Jared Rickman ’08 led Entegrity’s educational sessions on the building’s environmentally friendly features, and spent time talking with students in the Environmental Studies program.

Odyssey Funding Tops $4 Million

The Hendrix College Committee on Engaged Learning crossed the $4 million milestone with Odyssey Program grants for the April 2018 cycle. It now has awarded $4,116,718.28 in Odyssey grants to Hendrix students and faculty since the Odyssey Program’s inception in 2005.

Athletics Honors

In Hendrix Women’s Basketball, Heather Prowse ’18 was named SAA Defensive Player of the Year; Jaydan Hunt ’21 received SAA Newcomer of the Year honors in Women’s Track & Field; Sam Melhorn ’20 and Trinity Dohoney ’22 set new records for Hendrix Swimming and Diving; and for the second-straight season, Hendrix Volleyball reached the SAA Tournament semifinals – winning more than 20 games for the fifth season within the last six years.


About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit